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Talking in Code
Reshma Saujani: Brave, Not Perfect. Currency, 2019.
Talking in Code

Accepting your shortcomings and missteps is the path to success.

Deutsche Thoroughness
Deutsche Thoroughness

As a German who chose to live in the United States for a while, the first thing you miss is not the good old Schwarzbrot – it’s the art of engineering.

A Communicative Introvert
Diane Weston: Small Talk. How to Start a Conversation, Truly Connect with Others and Make a Killer First Impression. Monkey Publishing, 2019.
A Communicative Introvert

Master the art of small talk by giving your complete attention to others and truly listening.

Are We Punishing the Poor?
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Knopf, 2020.
Are We Punishing the Poor?

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn detail how US life expectancy is declining as misguided government policies punish the poor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors weave history and policy analysis into profiles of working-class Americans.

On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration
Photo by Andrew Schultz on Unsplash
On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration

The US government suspended many employment visas through the end of 2020. Does that make economic sense?

“How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”
“How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”

It has been suggested that if everyone on planet Earth lived the way we do in the developed world, we would need four planets. Present-day consumerism is unsustainable – but how can it be replaced?

“Is Consumerism Preventing Us from Being Happy?”
“Is Consumerism Preventing Us from Being Happy?”

Choices, choices everywhere. Keeping up with the latest fashion and gadgets is not just cash-intensive but also time-consuming. Think about it this way: What else could you be doing with the time not spent consuming?

“How Do I Address Wrong Things the Right Way?”
“How Do I Address Wrong Things the Right Way?”

Speaking up and saying "no" sounds easier than it is – especially in economically uncertain times.

Rockonomics
Alan B. Krueger: Rockonomics. Currency, 2019.
Rockonomics

According to the late economist Alan B. Krueger, America’s music scene stands as a metaphor for the US economy. Consider, for example, that for every platinum-selling artist, millions of musicians never earn a living wage. Krueger notes that the US economy…

Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age
Bina Venkataraman: The Optimist’s Telescope. Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age. Riverhead, 2019
Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

Journalist Bina Venkataraman outlines strategies to help people and societies keep a long-term picture in mind –especially amid uncertainty. Her main lesson: Learn how to cultivate – and act upon –  “foresight” as an individual, an organization and a society.

“How Do I Hire (and Onboard) People Without Meeting Them in Person?”
“How Do I Hire (and Onboard) People Without Meeting Them in Person?”

A world with fewer office jobs is not a world with fewer jobs.

How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi: How to Be an Antiracist. One World, 2019.
How to Be an Antiracist

A personal, thorough perspective on racism and American life.

Sleeping with the Fishes
Sleeping with the Fishes

Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Or: How to Escape a Madman Offshore

“What Is the Best Way to Start the Day?”
“What Is the Best Way to Start the Day?”

Believe it or not: The first hour of your day, whatever time it may occur, paves the way for the remainder. Here is how to spend it right.

“How Do I Welcome Back Furloughed Employees?”
“How Do I Welcome Back Furloughed Employees?”

Put simply: Be warm and mindful.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Mark Manson: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. HarperOne, 2016.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark Manson wants the generations whom social media and consumer culture affect most to question what they see and believe, to grow up, and to prioritize their values. He promises the process will be painful and challenging, but…

Stolen Cells
Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Broadway Books, 2011.
Stolen Cells

Scientists took Henrietta Lacks’s cells without asking – cells that brought others profit and success.

The Power of Nunchi
Euny Hong: The Power of Nunchi. Penguin Books, 2019.
The Power of Nunchi

Learn how to read a room and act accordingly with the aid of nunchi, an ancient Korean way of being.

Kick Off Your Staycation – the Right Way
Kick Off Your Staycation – the Right Way

This summer, many will forgo traveling to a vacation destination. Still, you will need to take some time off. Learn how to maximize the benefits of your staycation – and return to work feeling more…

“How Can I Be an Ally to a Marginalized Co-Worker?”
“How Can I Be an Ally to a Marginalized Co-Worker?”

Contribute to a more inclusive workplace – one small but powerful gesture at a time.

Panel Discussion: Agility, Authenticity and Accelerated Change in the Era of COVID-19
Panel Discussion: Agility, Authenticity and Accelerated Change in the Era of COVID-19

COVID-19 has been a game-changer on many fronts. On June 3, 2020, getAbstract’s VP of Sales UK, Jayne D’Silva, had the opportunity to talk to four senior L&D experts about the “new normal” – and…

Unimaginable Destruction
John Barry: The Great Influenza. The Story of the Deadliest Plague in History. Viking, 2004.
Unimaginable Destruction

John Barry details how a world war, a mutating virus and mismanaged government responses made the 1918 influenza pandemic so deadly.

“What Can I Do to Counter My Biases and Prejudices?”
“What Can I Do to Counter My Biases and Prejudices?”

Everyone has them. Many suffer from them. Because most of us do too little to overcome them. Here is how it works.

“How Can I Stop Racism in My Workplace?”
“How Can I Stop Racism in My Workplace?”

Three steps you should take seriously if you care about a corporate culture that works for all.

“How Do I Deal with Misfits, Eccentrics, Rebels and Nonconformists?”
“How Do I Deal with Misfits, Eccentrics, Rebels and Nonconformists?”

Recent history has one very compelling answer: Nurture them!

“What Do 240 CEOs Know Today About the Leadership Qualities of Tomorrow?”
“What Do 240 CEOs Know Today About the Leadership Qualities of Tomorrow?”

And what do you get when you listen to an additional 14,000 employees on the topic? Here are nine answers.

“Together, We Can Make Change Happen”
“Together, We Can Make Change Happen”

A note from our CEO.

“How Do I Grapple With Complex, Chaotic Problems?”
“How Do I Grapple With Complex, Chaotic Problems?”

Solving big social problems requires “advanced leaders.” Never heard of this? Well, you might not yet be one of them.

Work Less, Earn the Same
Andrew Barnes: The 4 Day Week. Piatkus Books, 2020.
Work Less, Earn the Same

How greater employee flexibility can save society, economies and the planet.

Sheer Daring
Sheer Daring

In his wonderful, compelling and disturbing debut, cultural phenomenon and magazine writer Tim Ferriss writes like an adolescent genius. His hypnotic tone, originality and rigor grab you from start. His sheer daring is manifest in his…

Learn from the Worst
Richard Davies: Extreme Economies. Bantam Press (UK), 2020.
Learn from the Worst

Economist Richard Davies explores the lives of people in nine “extreme economies” around the globe, each tested by a radical situation or challenge. What’s to be learned from them?

Intimate Retelling of History
Eric Larson: The Splendid and the Vile. Crown, 2020.
Intimate Retelling of History

Eric Larson’s intimate retelling of the Battle of Britain brings the nation’s rulers, aristocrats and ordinary citizens to vivid life.

“You’re fired!”
“You’re fired!”

How to not only cope with a layoff, but turn it into an opportunity.

“How Do I Increase My Consciousness?”
“How Do I Increase My Consciousness?”

You want to make deliberate choices rather than relying on emotional habits? Here is how to do it!

How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity
How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity

It is an odd comfort to know that the human species has survived plagues, pestilence, wars and sundry other disasters for as long as humankind has walked the Earth. Here are 5 lessons on how…

“How Do I Use Data (Science) to Solve Real-World Problems?”
“How Do I Use Data (Science) to Solve Real-World Problems?”

It sounds complicated. It is. But with these five steps, you can do it.

Evolution Has a Thing for Wackos
Evolution Has a Thing for Wackos

Why people prefer conspiracy theories and mystical tales to rational science.

“When You Talk to People About Fairness, the Conversation Immediately Becomes Political”
Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth
“When You Talk to People About Fairness, the Conversation Immediately Becomes Political”

Computer scientists Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth research how computer programs can affect our lives. Even when written without malice, algorithms have the potential to treat people unfairly or violate their privacy. How do you…

Design Your New Normal
Design Your New Normal

Now is the time to evaluate what you have learned under the extraordinary pressure of the last weeks – and use that knowledge to influence the future of your organisation.

“That Normal Does Not Exist Anymore.”
“That Normal Does Not Exist Anymore.”

As the world strategizes on what the “New Normal” should look like, Vlatka Hlupic argues that humane, social-minded companies will survive in the post-pandemic world. How can we become part of a company that is…

Denmark Ranked Least Happy Country (in 1603)
Denmark Ranked Least Happy Country (in 1603)

William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet Or: Why Revenging Your Dead Father Could Damage Your Health

“Performance Reviews: How Do I Give the Right Feedback in the Current Exceptional Situation?”
Performance reviews: Make a directional decision - or at least cause one. There are in fact more than only two ways to proceed. / Photo: Jon Tyson at Unsplash
“Performance Reviews: How Do I Give the Right Feedback in the Current Exceptional Situation?”

You have three options.

“Is Remote Work Here to Stay?”
“Is Remote Work Here to Stay?”

Yes. And here is everything you need to know to be successful (even after a pandemic) – whether as an organization, manager or employee.

Ain’t Nobody Here
You want your employees to feel comfortable on their first day back in the office? Well, here, consider to go in with dumpsters, crowbars and chainsaws.
Ain’t Nobody Here

Currently, many offices are empty. This will soon change. Did your organization use the time to bring the place up to date? Did you, as a leader, realize long-cherished office dreams or at least make…

Exploring the Wonderland of  Child-Led Learning
Photo by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash
Exploring the Wonderland of Child-Led Learning

The many hours of lockdown-induced downtime offer an opportunity for your children to let their natural curiosity take them places they may otherwise not have discovered.

“How Do I Lead Inclusively?”
“How Do I Lead Inclusively?”

Everyone performs (subtle) acts of exclusion, most often out of ignorance or unconscious bias. Here is how to handle it – and how you can prevent it.

“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”
Jared Diamond, American historian and anthropologist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and UCLA professor, playing piano in the living room of his home in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles; photo by Damon Casarez /Redux/laif
“We Lead the World in Science, and We Also Lead the World in Opposition to Science”

Jared Diamond, world-famous historian of societal crises and collapses, currently lives in self-imposed quarantine in California. When he’s not writing papers on the birds of New Guinea or playing Beethoven sonatas on the piano, he…

Half of US Workers Have Become Home Office Converts
Half of US Workers Have Become Home Office Converts

After weeks of being confined to their home offices, how do US office workers feel about going back to a traditional work setting? getAbstract has conducted a survey to find out – and its results…

The Future of Remote Work Is Here
The Future of Remote Work Is Here

Retaining flexible workplace practices in the post-pandemic era

“What Does It Take to Become a Digital Leader?”
“What Does It Take to Become a Digital Leader?”

One abstract to rule them all.